Virginia Wesleyan College celebrated its inaugural Founders Day on Sept. 8. It was a wonderful occasion to honor the efforts of all who, over the last half century, have strived to make our College what it is today. A special Founders Day Convocation was held in the Jane P. Batten Student Center, where Trustee Emeritus George Birdsong H'16, CEO and General Counsel for the Birdsong Corporation, served as keynote speaker. The College presented honorary doctoral degrees to Dr. Stephen S. Mansfield, College Archivist and former Dean of the College, and Gary D. Bonnewell '79, the first VWC graduate to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees. We also celebrated our 2016 Alumni Awards recipients: Lindsey E. Reynolds '98, Amy Mallett Rickard '98, and Rodney D. Young Jr. '07. Pictured (from left): Dr. Steve Mansfield, Gary Bonnewell, Professor Larry Hultgren, myself, Provost Tim O'Rourke, and George Birdsong. More 
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Dr. Scott D. Miller is president of Virginia
Wesleyan College. Respected as one of the most entrepreneurial higher education executives in America, he is in his 26th year as a college president. Dr. Miller has dedicated his career to the opportunities available through education. He especially values the small, classical, liberal arts college environment that offers students personalized pathways to life and career success. Previously, he was president of Bethany College (2007-2015), Wesley College (1997-2007), and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-1997). He was also Executive Vice President (1988-1991) and Vice President for Development (1984-1988) at Lincoln Memorial University and Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio. More
The President's Letter
October 2016

A daily blog by Dr. Scott D. Miller

The Virginian-Pilot and The Huffington Post  The importance of speaking up (December 2015)

Inside Higher Ed 
Column by Dr. Scott D. Miller 
Surviving a Presidential Transition (February 2016) 

The Huffington Post
By Dr. Scott D. Miller
A College President's Christmas List, 2015 (December 2015)
Climbing Walls and Talking Turkey: A Holiday Conversation About College (November 2015)
Unpacking the Briefcase for a New Presidency (August 2015)
My Postscript to the Class of 2015 (June 2015)
Global Challenges Drive Need for International Awareness (March 2015)
Is Hand-Held Literacy Enough? (March 2015)

College Planning & Management
By Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Starting on Sound Footing (August 2016)
Presidential Transitions (April 2016)
Enrollment Growth Strategies (January 2016)
Adding Athletics to Boost Enrollment (September 2015)
Budgeting for Today's Institutions (May 2015)
Budgeting for New Demographics (March 2015)
The Student as Consumer (January 2015)

Presidential Perspectives: Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation 
Edited by Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Chapter 10: Cuts Are Not the Solution: Leveraging Your Extracurriculars and Co-Curriculars to Stabilize Tuition Revenues
Chapter 9: Convene, Cooperate, and Collaborate
Chapter 8: Culture Trumps Strategy; Culture Defines the Strategy
Chapter 7: Campus Transformation through Physical Transformation
Chapter 6: Critical Doing
Chapter 5: "Education's End" and the Spirit of Philanthropy
Chapter 4: Transformation Through Active Engagement
Chapter 3: What is Lost: The Error of Reducing Complex Higher Education Processes to Metrics and Singular Narratives
Chapter 2: Managing the College Investment and Measuring Its Return
Chapter 1: Strategy
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News and Noteworthy
Virginia Wesleyan Celebrates First Founders Day
Devoted Arts Advocates David and Susan Goode Named Outstanding Philanthropists
Bonnewell, Mansfield Receive Honorary Degrees
College Honors 2016 Alumni Awards Recipients
At the Helm: New Appointments in Academic Administration
What's at Stake? Election Series Comes to Campus Sept. 6 - Nov. 15
Passing of Dennie Allen '70, Virginia Wesleyan's first graduate
College Honors Top Students on President's List for Spring 2016
Point Guard Tyrell Thomas '18 Travels Spain Playing Ball
Education Students Participate in "Outdoor STEM Laboratory" at 2016 NAS Oceana Air Show
Passing of former VWC Trustee James Griffiths
"A Feast of Languages" Opens in the Neil Britton Art Gallery
VWC Digital Collections Launch on Founders Day
Clint Smith: Standing Together in a Culture of Fear
VWC Alumnus Josh Currier '16 Makes History with Lacrosse Draft
Fall 2016 Marlin Magazine: A World of Possibilities
Wherefore Art Thou, Wesleyan? Fall Arts at VWC
Establishment of Batten Honors College Leads Major Changes to Wesleyan's Academic Program
Princeton Review selects VWC for "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition"
VWC Welcomes Nearly 500 New Students
Mike White '81 joins VWC Board of Trustees
President Miller to Serve on Virginia Beach Vision Board of Directors
VWC Sodexo Team Ensures Nutritious Meals for Area Kids Through "Feeding Our Future"

College Events

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Oct. 1 - One Love Festival
Oct. 2 - Fall Hymn Festival: This Little Light of Mine
Oct. 4 - Readings With Wesleyan: Presidential Election, 6 p.m., Enoch Baptist Church
Oct. 5-9 - Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Hofheimer Theatre Showtimes
Oct. 6 - What's At Stake? Gender, Sexuality, and Politics, 11 a.m., Boyd Dining Center
Oct. 6 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology: Measurements and Innovation, 11 a.m., Blocker Auditorium
Oct. 7-9 - Homecoming & Family Weekend 2016 Schedule
Oct. 10 - QuinTango, 7:30 p.m., Hofheimer Theatre 
Oct. 13-16 - Fall Break
Oct. 20 - What's at Stake? Energy and the Environmental Issues from Local Perspectives and in the 2016 Presidential Election, 11 a.m., Blocker Auditorium
Oct. 20 - Mindfulness Responses to Stress: The Science and the Experience, 11 a.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite
Oct. 20 - Rational Faith and Secular Unreason: Why Religious Freedom is Under Siege, 7 p.m., Blocker Auditorium
Oct. 21 - Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal! 7:30 p.m., Hofheimer Theatre
Oct. 24 - Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Christian, Hindu, and Sikh Perspectives on Election 2016, 7 p.m., Blocker Auditorium
Oct. 24 - The Thirteen, 7:30 p.m., Hofheimer Theatre
Oct. 27 - Just the Facts: Truth and Media Coverage, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m., Blocker Auditorium
Oct. 27 - Center for Sacred Music: Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9
Notable Meetings
Oct. 4 - State of the Region Breakfast, Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Oct. 4 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Oct. 5 - State of the Region Breakfast, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Oct. 4 - President's Leadership Council
Oct. 5 - John Carr, Suffolk News-Herald
Oct. 5 - Larry Dotolo, Virginia Tidewater Consortium
Oct. 6 - Faculty Dinner (by invitation)
Oct. 7 - Sebastian Mitchell, Regional Vice President for Facilities for Aramark Higher Education
Oct. 7-9 - Virginia Wesleyan College Homecoming and Family Weekend (see schedule on website)
Oct. 7 - Parent's Roundtable
Oct. 10-11 - New York Times Education Roundtable/CIC Foundation Conversation
Oct. 11 - Second Nature Steering Committee
Oct. 12 - Board of Trustees Enrollment Committee Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 12 - Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 13 - Board of Trustees Advancement Committee Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 13 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Oct. 13 - Board of Trustees Student Affairs Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 13 - Laura Baxter, The Flagship
Oct. 13-16 Fall Break
Oct. 14 - Board of Trustees Admin/Finance Committee Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 14 - Bob Boyd (Founding Trustee) and Jim Boyd
Oct. 17 - Board of Trustees Audit Committee Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 18 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Oct. 18 - ACCESS Annual Luncheon
Oct. 18 - Athletics Management Council
Oct. 19 - Board of Trustees Meeting (Board and invited guests)
Oct. 20 - Faculty Dinner (by invitation)
Oct. 21 - Steve Sadler, CEO Allegiancy
Oct. 21 - Clay Barbour, Distinction Magazine
Oct. 24 - Dr. Melinda Boone, Superintendent, and Dr. Kipp Rogers, Chief Academic Officer, Norfolk Public Schools
Oct. 25 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Oct. 25 - Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Reception
Oct. 26 - Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges Reception (Richmond)
Oct. 27 - Bishop Sharma Lewis & United Methodist Presidents (Ashland)
Oct. 27 - Faculty Dinner (by invitation)